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Specialty & Technique Guitar Classes

Go beyond the basics and learn the nuts and bolts of music.

If you can already play guitar, now it's time to get into the groove. With the guidance of our expert teaching artists, expand your skills and repertoire to open the wide world of guitar beyond the basics.

For intermediate players and beyond, open to students who have completed the Guitar 2 level and above. (If you're not sure where your skills fit in, visit our placement quiz.)

We suggest all guitar students consider starting with Guitar Fingerboard Theory, if you want to work on lead guitar or eventually write your own songs. It's a great primer into a wider world of musicianship.

Fingerstyle Workshop Series with Michael J. Miles:

WorkshopIntermediate

Monday with Michael Miles

75 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $25 ($23 members)

Location: Online

Walking Bass Groove Lab

Intermediate

Monday with Harlan Terson

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $248 ($228 members)

An hour long lab to make you “badder”

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

British Rock Songbook

Intermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $248 ($228 members)

Fingerpicking for Beginners

BeginnerNew!

Thursday with Alvin McGovern

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $248 ($228 members)

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

Introduction To Flamenco Guitar

Intermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $248 ($228 members)

Guitar Fingerboard Theory

Intermediate

Thursday or Saturday with Randy Morris or ERIC SINGH

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $248 ($228 members)

This class is highly recommended for all guitar students. Make it a point to enroll at some point in your musical journey.

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

Guitar 4Ever with Holstein

Advanced

Saturday with Ed Holstein

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $248 ($228 members)

The one and only legendary folk icon, Ed Holstein holds court for acoustic guitarists.

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

Guitar and Vocal Studio

Intermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $248 ($228 members)

RPA Ensemble

Advanced

Thursday with Steve Dawson

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $248 ($228 members)

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

Heroes of Flatpicking

Intermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $248 ($228 members)

Basics of Electric Chicago Blues Guitar

Intermediate

Monday with Steve Hutchins

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $248 ($228 members)

Learn lead and comping techniques of the major players of the Chicago blues style.

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

Blues Fingerstyle 1

Beginner

Monday with Chris Walz

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $248 ($228 members)

You'll get a taste of the Blues with Blind Boy Fuller, Tommy Johnson, Mississippi John Hurt, and others.

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

Blues Fingerstyle 2

Intermediate

This class alternates every session with Blues Fingerstyle 1. Mark your calendar and be sure to sign up next session.

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $248 ($228 members)

Blues Fingerstyle 3: Decades of Acoustic Blues

Advanced

Monday with Chris Walz

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $248 ($228 members)

Explore different aspects of Acoustic Blues a different decade each session.

Location: Online

Lead Guitar Soloing Basics

Intermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $248 ($228 members)

Acoustic Slide Guitar 1 Repertoire

Intermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $248 ($228 members)

Beatles Fingerstyle

Intermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 4 weeks  ·  $124 ($114 members)

Beatles Fingerstyle Guitar

Intermediate

If you would like to be contacted when this class runs again, please email Guitar Program Manager Jimmy Tomasello with your contact information.

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 4 weeks  ·  $124 ($114 members)

Classical Guitar Basic Repertoire

Intermediate

Monday with Jacob Sweet

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $248 ($228 members)

This class is a hybrid offering - students may attend either in person or by Zoom.

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

Fingerpicking Repertoire

Intermediate

Monday with Randy Morris

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $248 ($228 members)

Your fingers can be trained to be an orchestra - a band in the hand.

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

Fingerstyle Repertoire

Intermediate

Thursday with Randy Morris

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $248 ($228 members)

Develop a songbag of solo accompaniments and instrumentals in a variety of styles.

Location: Online

The 3 Kings

Intermediate

If you would like to be contacted when this class runs again, please email Guitar Program Manager Jimmy Tomasello with your contact information.

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $248 ($228 members)

Pop Guitar Techniques & Arrangement

Intermediate

If you would like to be contacted when this class runs again, please email Guitar Program Manager Jimmy Tomasello with your contact information.

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $248 ($228 members)

Electric Guitar Styles Overdrive

Intermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $248 ($228 members)

Introduction to Jazz Guitar

Intermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $248 ($228 members)

Jazz Guitar 1

Intermediate

Saturday with Tony Do Rosario

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $248 ($228 members)

Take your time to absorb the fundamentals of jazz guitar.

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

Jazz Guitar 1.5

Intermediate

Monday with Tony Do Rosario

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $248 ($228 members)

Jazz guitar mastery is a lifelong journey and we invite you to repeat level as much as necessary before moving on to Jazz Guitar 2.

Location: Online

Jazz Guitar 2

Intermediate

Wednesday with Tony Do Rosario

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $248 ($228 members)

Build your repertoire from session to session.

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

Jazz Guitar 4ever

Advanced

Wednesday with Tony Do Rosario

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $248 ($228 members)

An ongoing class in the advanced study of Jazz for the guitarist.

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

Flatpicking 1 - Rhythm

Intermediate

Tuesday with Chris Walz

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $248 ($228 members)

Get a grip on your pick and work your rhythm chops.

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

Flatpicking 2 - Technique

Intermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $248 ($228 members)

Acoustic Blues Guitar 1

Beginner

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $248 ($228 members)

Acoustic Blues Guitar 2

Intermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $248 ($228 members)

Acoustic Blues Guitar Repertoire

Intermediate

Saturday with Paul Kaye

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $248 ($228 members)

Continue working on the music of great traditional blues artists.

Location: Online

Acoustic Slide Guitar 1

Intermediate

Thursday with Donna Herula

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $248 ($228 members)

Add a new dimension to your acoustic guitar playing

Location: Online

Continuing Slide & Fingerstyle

Intermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $248 ($228 members)

Electric Slide Guitar

Intermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $248 ($228 members)

Guitar Fingerboard Theory 2

Advanced

This and other musicianship classes are offered in rotation thru the year. If you would like to be contacted when this class runs again, please email Guitar Program Manager Jimmy Tomasello with your contact information.

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $248 ($228 members)

From Chords to Riffs

Intermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $248 ($228 members)

Acoustic Pop Punk

BeginnerNew!

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $248 ($228 members)

Advancing Guitar—Chords to Riffs

IntermediateNew!

Tuesday with John Mead

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $248 ($228 members)

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

Advancing Guitar: What to Know About Chords

Intermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $248 ($228 members)

Campfire Songbook

Open to All

Thursday with Paula McKernan

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $248 ($228 members)

Location: Online

Crash Bass for Guitarists

WorkshopBeginnerNew!

Saturday with Harlan Terson

90 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $25 ($23 members)

Location: Online

Creative Scale Practice 1

Intermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $248 ($228 members)

Electric Blues Guitar: Texas Style

Intermediate

Monday with Steve Hutchins

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $0 ($0 members)

Lone Star lcks from A-Z

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

Fingerpicking Classic Chicago Blues

Intermediate

Wednesday with Paul Kaye

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $248 ($228 members)

Learn to do like the old masters

Location: Online

Fingerpicking Guitar - Beyond Basic Picking Patterns

Intermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $248 ($228 members)

Bottleneck Blues: Intro to Slide Guitar

WorkshopBeginner

Thursday with Donna Herula

90 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $25 ($24 members)

This is a great place to start your journey on slide guitar.

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

Four Fundamental Fingerpicking Patterns

Beginner

Monday with Randy Morris

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $188 ($168 members)

Expand your accompaniment abilities beyond strumming.

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

Guided By Voices - Unplugged

BeginnerNew!

50 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $178 ($158 members)

Guitar and Vocal Studio: The Soul Singer

IntermediateNew!

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $248 ($228 members)

Instrumental Freddie King: Hideaway and All The Rest!

Intermediate

Saturday with Paul Kaye

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $248 ($228 members)

Location: Online

Intro to Bottleneck Blues Slide Guitar (Online)

WorkshopIntermediateNew!

Tuesday with Donna Herula

90 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $25 ($24 members)

Location: Online

Irish Accompanist Guitar Styles

Intermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $248 ($228 members)

BB King: The King of the Blues

Intermediate

If you would like to be contacted when this class runs again, please email Guitar Program Manager Jimmy Tomasello with your contact information.

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $248 ($228 members)

Out Unplugged: Music by LGBTQ+ Artists

IntermediateNew!

Tuesday with Shelley Miller

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $248 ($228 members)

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

Playing by Ear for Guitarists

IntermediateNew!

Tuesday with John Mead

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $248 ($228 members)

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

Punk Rock and Emo for Electric Guitar

BeginnerNew!

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $248 ($228 members)

Return To Guitar

Open to All

Monday with Paula McKernan

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $248 ($228 members)

Rumor has it there's a guitar in the back of your closet. Let's get it out and make some music.

Location: Online

Rhythm Guitar

Intermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $248 ($228 members)

Songs and theory in Open E Tuning

IntermediateNew!

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for weeks  ·  $248 ($228 members)

Strumming Rhythms

Intermediate

Wednesday with Barbara Silverman

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $248 ($228 members)

Location: Online

Rock en Español for Electric Guitar / La Guitarra Eléctrica en el Rock en Español

BeginnerNew!

50 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $178 ($158 members)

They Might Be Giants Songbag

Intermediate

There are no classes scheduled right now. Please check back.

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $248 ($228 members)

Understanding the Major Pentatonic Scale

WorkshopIntermediate

Saturday with Dan Fulkerson

110 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $25 ($24 members)

Five notes with endless possibilities

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

Understanding the Minor Pentatonic Scale

WorkshopIntermediate

Saturday with Dan Fulkerson

110 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $25 ($24 members)

like it's older younger brother only five notes with endless expression

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

Wilco Acoustic Songbook

IntermediateNew!

Saturday with Tommi Zender

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $248 ($228 members)

Location: Online

Private Lesson Options

Our private lessons like our group classes run in 8-week sessions, however, you can begin private lessons during any week in the session. Please call our customer service folks at 773.728.6000 to register as private lesson availability is based upon individual teacher schedules.

Lessons are scheduled weekly, for 30, 45 or 60 minutes, and are available every day of the week at our Lincoln Square and Lincoln Park locations. Our experienced and professional faculty will work with you to develop an individualized program that helps you achieve your musical goals.

Stop in at either location or call the front desk at 773.728.6000 to register.


8-week Session Prices

$336 for 30 minutes ($326 for members)

$480 for 45 minutes ($465 for members)

$616 for 60 minutes ($596 for members)


Session & Registration Dates

8-week lessons: 10/24/2022 – 12/18/2022

Monday 09/19/22: Re-registration for current students begins

Monday 10/03/22: Transfer registration

Wednesday 10/05/22: Open registration

8-week lessons: 01/02/2023 – 02/26/2023

Monday 11/14/22: Re-registration for current students begins

Monday 11/28/22: Transfer registration

Wednesday 11/30/22: Open registration

8-week lessons: 02/27/2023 – 04/23/2023

Monday 01/23/23: Re-registration for current students begins

Monday 02/06/23: Transfer registration

Wednesday 02/08/23: Open registration

8-week lessons: 04/24/2023 – 06/18/2023

Monday 03/20/23: Re-registration for current students begins

Monday 04/03/23: Transfer registration

Wednesday 04/05/23: Open registration


Teachers

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